What's Happening This Week in San Diego?

What’s Happening This Week? (January 30 – February 5, 2015)

What's Happening This Week in San Diego?

Welcome back to another edition of “What the F*#@)! is happening this week?” We’ve got a couple of open mics, an art opening, some improv, and a writing workshop! And like always, if you know of something that I missed or you have any suggestions or events for future posts, please shoot me an email.

Friday, 1/30

  • 7-10pm: Low Gallery (3778 30th St) presents the opening reception of “Castles in the Sky” featuring new art by several different artists. This will be the last exhibit at their North Park location before they move.

Saturday, 1/31

  • 8pm: Two improv teams compete at Finest City Improv for a spot at the San Diego Improv Festival. Your votes matter!

Sunday, 2/1

  • 6:30-11pm: Open Mic Night @ Java Joe’s (3536 Adams). Signups are 6:30 if you want to perform.

Monday, 2/2

  • 7-9pm: So Say We All holds their free Greenroom Writers’ Workshop at Words Alive (5111 Santa Fe St). The workshops encourage the community to “meet, write, and better one another.” This particular one is centered around the theme “Showing not telling.”

Tuesday, 2/3

  • 6:30-9pm: Open Mic Night again at Java Joe’s (3536 Adams Ave). Signups at 6:30.
  • 8-10pm: Outspoken is So Say We All’s LGBTQ Storytelling series featuring 8 storytellers. This Valentine’s inspired show is themed “Love Confection: Stories about Romance that Looked Sweeter than It Tasted.” $5 suggested donation at Martinis Above Fourth (3940 4th Ave).
What's Happening This Week in San Diego?

What’s Happening This Week? (January 9-15, 2015)

What's happening this week?

Happy new year everybody! I hope you didn’t miss me too much the past two weeks during the holidays. I ended up at my parents’ house in Valley Center during Christmas week. I came back to San Diego that Friday and completely missed the surprise snow they had on New Year’s Day. Crazy, eh?

So how do you guys like my new banner? It was designed by my boyfriend over at Villains Records. Let me know what you think in the comments!

And if you have any events you want mentioned in the next few weeks, please let me know below or email me at info@jlowatari.com.

Friday, 1/9

  • Records Collecting Dust starts screening though tickets don’t seem to be available for today’s Digital Gym showing, but you can always head to Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St) for the afterparty. The documentary features the record collections of several “alternative music icons.”

Saturday, 1/10

  • South Park’s End of Season Blowout Sidewalk Sale! Several South Park businesses are participating, including my favorite shops Make Good & Progress.
  • 4pm: If you missed it on Friday, here’s the 2nd night showing for Records Collecting Dust, a documentary featuring the record collections of well-known artists. Get tickets here at Digital Gym.
  • 6-9pm: Opening reception for JARS, a crowd-sourced art installation at Art Produce (3139 University Ave). The show runs through February 20th and is presented by the Sugar Museum.
  • 6-10pm: Opening reception for Arrivals & Departures, a showing of new works by Victor Villa over at Visual Shop (3776 30th St). Villa’s work will be showing from the 10th through the 22nd.
  • 6-10pm: After heading to Visual, check out the rest of the art during Ray @ Night.

Sun, 1/11

  • South Park’s Sidewalk Sale, Day 2
  • 7-8:30pm: So Say We All returns to Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar (3562 Adams Ave) for Long Story Short, an improv storytelling show. This week’s theme: “chicken” (think birds, cowardice, dinners, and more)!

What’s Happening This Week? (December 19-25, 2014)

Happy holidays!

As expected, there’s a much-needed lull in events in preparation for the holidays, but there are some art events happening if you’re interested.

Friday, 12/19

  • 7-9pm: Music collective Montalban Quintet performs at beautiful Balboa Park’s Panama 66.

Saturday, 12/20

Sunday, 12/21

Thursday, 12/25

  • Merry Christmas! If you’re sick of family, head to Blind Lady Ale House from 5-10pm for craft beer.

What’s Happening This Week? (December 12-18, 2014)

We’ve got lots of crafty things happening this weekend! We’re down to the wire for holiday shopping, right? What are you guys planning? Are you staying in town or braving the airports?

Friday, 12/12

  • Visual Shop SD will be showing “Homely for the Holidays” over the weekend starting today from Poortraits artist Nick McPherson.  Visual Shop is open from 12-7pm on Fridays and 12-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • 5pm: Whistlestop Bar hosts Stormy Lights Opening Party with deluxe re-crafted lamps by Garriss, music, videos, and a food truck.

Saturday, 12/13

Handmade Holiday San Diego at the San Diego Central LIbrary

  • 9:30am-4pm: The first annual Handmade Holiday features over 30 vendors, 4 local bands (including Erik Canzona from The Heavy Guilt), and various family activities all to benefit the San Diego Central Library. Music starts at noon.
  • 12pm: If you’re shopping for the beer lover in your life… or you’d rather drink beer than watch local artists… then check out the Green Flash Grand Holiday Marketplace.
  • 6-10pm: Ray at Night
  • 7-10pm: Have you been wanting a look at the North Park Post Office building since it started going under construction? Now’s your chance. Low Gallery and Joe Sloan presents Full Disclosure, “a show about process.”
  • 8pm: Old Main, a holiday horror radio play at Finest City Improv. Tinsel, mistletoe, and axe murders!

Sunday, 12/14

  • 11am-11pm: This all day party will have everything for families and non-families. Sledding on real snow, an animal adoption area (adopt responsibly!), skateboard demo, live music, and of course… beer! Bring new toys or clothes or a $5 donation to enter.
  • 11:30am-4pm: Blind Lady Ale House hosts the annual Craft & Draft, organized by Laura Lande. Drink beer and buy local gifts.
  • 2-5pm: If you’d rather not venture downtown to show your kids some good ol’ family fun, take them over to the Kensington Library Park on Adams. The event features Santa, snow, and the San Diego Creative Arts Project.
  • 8-10pm: Long Story Short: Wild Card at Broke Girls. “What’s the topic? You decide!” This is an improv storytelling show.

Monday, 12/15:

  • 5-9pm: Yelp presents Merry Marketplace at SILO in the Makers Quarter. This 21+ holiday shopping bazaar will feature local goods and Etsy artisans, entertainment, free bites, and drinks.

What’s Happening This Week in San Diego? (November 28 – December 4, 2014)

I hope you guys are having a great Thanksgiving!

Hopefully you’re lucky enough to still be relaxing with family. Or if you need to get out of the house for a bit, there are some great family-friendly events happening this weekend you can take them to.

Friday, 11/28

  • 11-5pm: Pop up shops from Maria Baker, Primrose Plum, and Boygirlparty will be at Low Gallery (3778 30th St) to kick off your shopping season.
  • 8pm: Black Friday bumming you out? Join Finest City Improv for their weekly “The World According To…” Every week, they invite a San Diego person — or in this case… a whole family! — to share their story, and then their house improv team uses those stories “to go crazy hilarious places.” Buy tickets here.

Saturday, 11/29

  • 10am-2pm: Family Farm Fun Day at Wild Willow Farm. Hands-on activities for every age, including cheesemaking, soapmaking, seed planting, and a nature scavenger hunt.
  • 11am-5pm: Art Bazaar and Trunk Show at Visual Shop (3776 30th Street)
  • 1-5pm: Wild Willow Farm is hosting a Schools for Chiapas Workshop that features vendors, short films and music about the Mayan communities in Chiapas, Mexico and zapatista movement. Learn about corn, the agricultural system, how to make tortillas and tamales.

Monday, 12/1

  • 7-8:30pm: Dedicate some writing time at the Greenroom Writing Workshop hosted at Words Alive (5111 Santa Fe St. 92109). Greenroom Writing Workshops are free and open to writers of all experience levels. “All Greenrooms are structured around a topic and include periods for discussion, generative free-writing, and opportunities to share aloud.”

What’s Happening This Week? (November 14-20, 2014)

And here we are, week 2 of my return from hiatus! Feeling a bit light this week, maybe you guys have suggestions or recommendations for things to add this week or for the future? Please email me at info@jlowatari.com!

You have one more week to commit to submitting a jar to be part of an upcoming exhibition JARS, to be held from 1/10/2015-2/14/2015 at Art Produce.

Friday, 11/14:

  • 6-9pm: Opening reception for RENDER, a pop-up exhibition at Art Produce (3139 University Ave) featuring 3 San Diego artists. Paintings, drawings, and cut paper compositions show the power to change the viewer and society.
  • 6-10pm: Low Gallery (3778 30th St) presents the opening reception for INNATE PRACTICES, which shows until December 3rd. Innate Practices features new works for two artists, Rio de Janeiro’s Marcelo Macedo and Oakland’s Max Kauffman.
  • 9:30: Finest City Improv (4250 Louisiana St) presents three groups, including house team Red Squared, all-lady Swim Team (!), and Controlled Panic.

Saturday, 11/15:

  • 5-9pm: Expressive Arts (32nd & Thorn St) presents Bras for a Cause, a fundraising show Breast Cancer Angels, who provide legal, housing, and other assistance to stage four breast cancer patients. The event includes a silent auction, raffle, music and poetry performances.
  • 7-9pm: So Say We All presents the inaugural showcase for their Veteran Writers Program which features “poignant, surprising, and darkly funny struggles, missteps and unforeseen pitfalls that come with transitioning from military to civilian life.” Free at the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd). RSVP on Facebook.


  • 1pm-5pm: SILO in Makers Quarter presents Bring Your Own Work Day… BYOW is an outdoor, collaborative workspace. Bring your materials or your laptop (there’s wi-fi!), a beer, a picnic, whatever, and join other creatives.


I’ve been back in San Diego for about a week now and have been suffering from food poisoning.  (Damn you, plane food!)  Despite that nasty tidbit, it’s nice to be back to sunny and (relatively) warm weather, especially after dealing with Seattle weather! Brr.

But before I get into Seattle, I want to talk about the other cities I went to this past month and a half!

From October 4th through the 10th, I was in Chicago, visiting a high school friend.  He and I were both on the comedy improv team. He continued doing improv and comedy in general through college and now, and Chicago is apparently the place to do just that.  The first night I was there, he took me to a bar called Quencher’s, where he was performing improv.

Here’s the bar’s delightful bottled selection (I was also happy to see a bunch of San Diego breweries, including Green Flash on their list):

I need to say, I think everybody there, even the improv performers, were there more for the beer than the improv.

The next day I went to a Chicago staple, Hot Doug’s. The menu would have looked delicious if I weren’t hungover. Instead, I settled for the most normal hot dog I could. Here it is, next to two of my friend’s hot dogs:

So the normal hot dog came with tomatoes and a giant pickle, among other toppings. On any other day it would have been delicious, but not that day.

Alas, I never got a chance to return to Hot Doug’s NOT hungover. I think I would have loved the other ones.

My friend Greg also does a sketch comedy variety show called The Telethon that was amazingly fun to go to. They happen on the 2nd Saturday of the month at The Playground Theatre.

(Portland and Seattle blog posts coming soon!)